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3 Vital Self-Love Lessons That Helped Me Survive Quarantine

While Netflix might be making a few extra million dollars this month, not everyone has had such positive experiences during the pandemic. Facing separation from loved ones is no easy task, and being alone with your demons for over a month is purgatory for some.

Rather than let the negative corners of my mind wreck havoc on the rest of my mental health, I turned quarantine into an experiment: how could I use this time to learn about myself? After all, such an extended amount of ‘frozen’ time like this will probably never happen again… hopefully.

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Dealing With Quarantine Guilt

I consider myself to be one of the luckiest people in the world, trapped on an island without Coronavirus, but there are still days when I long for home or a hug from a loved one. Sometimes the blue skies feel a little emptier knowing your family and friends are on another continent. You can’t see tropical beaches and sunshine if your mind is somewhere else.

Some days I face strong internal battles of guilt. I miss home and feel a little lonely, but simultaneously know that quarantine doesn’t get much better than this. So my mind chatters along, one half feeling invincible and the second half trying to drag the first half down a dark canyon of anxiety.

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Why I Trashed My Old Workout Mentality

Being in quarantine has made me realize that I need to change the way I view and treat my body. Obviously, we have a lot of spare time on our hands right now. I’ve been trying to use some of it to work out, but I’d be lying if I said that my fridge hasn’t been tempting me in the meantime. It always knows how to get my attention.

Throughout the last few weeks, a daily pattern has started to make itself apparent. It’s been too easy to grab a bite to eat just because there’s nothing else to do, so my mind and hands wander over to the fridge. Before I know it, the snack has been gobbled down without so much as a thought. Was I actually hungry when I ate? Not particularly. I wasn’t being mindful or paying attention to what my body actually needed.

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My Coronavirus Easter in Thailand

Just a quick hello on this lovely Corona Easter!

It’s always hard to be away from home during a holiday. Two years ago I spent Thanksgiving in Bristol, and last year I was in India! Yet, during a global pandemic, in isolation on the other side of the world, I feel extra far away from home this year.

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My Sneaky Quarantine Sunsets

At six o’clock in the evening, I realized that I had not spoken out loud the entire day. My voice didn’t make an appearance until I had to start teaching English that night. 

How strange, to not speak all day. That would be so hard to do on any normal given day, but now it almost went unnoticed. Buried in my quarantine apartment beneath a pile of books and scribbled notes, sending messages on my phone, I almost forgot what my voice sounded like. 

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5 Days of Meditation: Day 5 – Mindful Eating

There’s one thing that we all do multiple times everyday and hardly ever think about: eating. We talk to our friends, look at our phones, and think about what we’re doing after the meal is over. We hardly ever sit there and think specifically about the food that’s going into our bodies!

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5 Days of Meditation: Day 4 – Calmness During Corona

A few months ago, heck, even a few weeks ago, I thought news of the Coronavirus would blow over in the same way that so many attention-seeking stories do. Little did I realize that what I thought was the peak of the pandemic was only just the beginning. 

Borders are closing, entire cities are shutting down, and global tension is on the rise. A screenwriter couldn’t have crafted a more cinematic experience. A great script for the movies, maybe, but certainly not the best for mental health.

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5 Days of Meditation: Day 3 – A Beach Walk

After running some errands this morning, I decided to walk home along the beach. The island here (Koh Tao) is quiet, with tourists returning home to be with their families and take care of themselves as the Coronavirus continues to spread around the world. It was just me and the ocean as the sun began to rise higher into the sky.

Along my stroll I stumbled across a wooden swing that overlooked the water. Solitary and tranquil, it was beckoning me to sit and stay for a while. Of course, I obliged. 

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5 Days of Meditation: Day 2 – Self Love

Today left me feeling worse than yesterday, in terms of health at least. I didn’t sleep that well last night and am definitely not feeling 100 percent. I just took a fat cat nap, which almost persuaded me to remain on my couch and miss work. There are worse things that could happen…

On the flip side, the view from my current seat is one that I wouldn’t trade for the world. The sun is glistening off a turquoise sea, waters lulled and tranquil from the lack of boats. Cicadas and the soft lapping of waves on the sand cradle my mind with sounds of island ease. 

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5 Days of Meditation: Day 1 – Immunity Boost

Today was not great for me. My head has been in a bit of a haze for the past few days, and my dive ended terribly. With a small but decently impactful injury (don’t worry Mom and Dad, I’m still healthy), I’m going to have to take a solid week or two out of the water. To make it worse, I just ordered a new pair of fins, so they will be taunting me from the confines of their shiny new box.

By the middle of the afternoon, I seemed as if I just couldn’t shake this downer of a feeling. I tried writing about it, talking it out, but that heaviness was still there, sitting on my chest with a firm stubbornness many of us know all too well. 

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